Last-minute fighting on Colorado budget

3:08 PM, Apr 12, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers tangled over $3 million for scholarships and whether students in the country illegally could benefit before ultimately passing next year's budget in the House.

The fight over the money cost Democrats Republican support when the funds were stripped from the budget that lawmakers voted on Friday.

The scholarship money had bipartisan support but fell apart over the question of whether every student could be eligible regardless of immigration status.

Democratic Rep. Crisanta Duran, one of six budget writers, says every student should be eligible, but that the budget agreement wouldn't guarantee that.

Republicans accused Duran of politicizing the issue at the expense of financial aid for all students.

The scholarship money was among several amendments lawmakers were considering before approving the $20.5 billion budget.
The Senate will now consider the spending plan.

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